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    DescriptionRichard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett's "The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone" is the most influential and talked-about book on society in the last decade - now updated with a new chapter on the controversy the book has ignited. Why do we mistrust people more in the UK than in Japan? Why do Americans have higher rates of teenage pregnancy than the French? What makes the Swedish thinner than the Australians? The answer: inequality. This groundbreaking book, based on years of research, provides hard evidence to show: How almost everything - from life expectancy to mental illness, violence to illiteracy - is affected not by how wealthy a society is, but how equal it is; that societies with a bigger gap between rich and poor are bad for everyone in them - including the well-off; how we can find positive solutions and move towards a happier, fairer future. Urgent, provocative and genuinely uplifting, "The Spirit Level" has been heralded as providing a new way of thinking about ourselves and our communities, and could change the way you see the world. "A big idea, big enough to change political thinking". ("Guardian"). "A remarkable new book ...the implications are profound". (Will Hutton, "Observer"). "The evidence is hard to dispute". ("Economist"). Richard Wilkinson studied economic history at the London School of Economics before training in epidemiology and is Professor Emeritus at the University of Nottingham Medical School and Honorary Professor at University College London. Kate Pickett is a Professor of Epidemiology at the University of York and a National Institute for Health Research Career Scientist. Her work with Richard Wilkinson on "The Spirit Level" was shortlisted for Research Project of the Year 2009 by the "Times Higher Education Supplement", and their book was chosen as one of the Top Ten Books of the Decade by the "New Statesman".


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    Title
    The Spirit Level
    Subtitle
    Why Equality is Better for Everyone
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Richard Wilkinson, By (author) Kate Pickett
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 400
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 292 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780241954294
    ISBN 10: 0241954290
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: SOC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.3
    BIC subject category V2: JFF
    BISAC V2.8: SOC000000
    DC22: 305
    Thema V1.0: JBF
    Illustrations note
    Integrated Cartoons
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Publication date
    04 November 2010
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Richard Wilkinson has played a formative role in international research and his work has been published in 10 languages. He studied economic history at the London School of Economics before training in epidemiology and is Professor Emeritus at the University of Nottingham Medical School and Honorary Professor at University College London. Kate Pickett is a Professor of Epidemiology at the University of York and a National Institute for Health Research Career Scientist. She studied physical anthropology at Cambridge, nutritional sciences at Cornell and epidemiology at Berkeley before spending four years as an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago. Her work, with Richard Wilkinson, on The Spirit Level was shortlisted for Research Project of the Year 2009 by the Times Higher Education Supplement, and their book was chosen as one of the Top Ten Books of the Decade, by the New Statesman.